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Traditionally a leader in times of crisis, the U.S. is practicing self-isolation

As America’s rivals make gestures of support for other nations stricken by the coronavirus, the United States is losing its traditional leadership role abroad at the same moment that it’s …


UPDATED: Thu., March 26, 2020

‘Terrified’ South Africa nears lockdown; cases almost 1,000

South Africa’s president has appeared in full military uniform for the first time since the end of apartheid and told troops to be a “force of kindness“ as a coronavirus …


50 Nigerian soldiers killed in deadly Boko Haram ambush

Boko Haram extremists have killed at least 50 Nigerian soldiers in an ambush near Goneri village in northern Yobe state, military officials told the Associated Press.


UPDATED: Tue., March 24, 2020

Africa cases over 2,000 as South Africa rushes into lockdown

Customers started behaving oddly about a week ago, visibly dejected street vendor Frank Mojapelo said. Some were wary to exchange cash. Some backed away, or refused to touch him.


UPDATED: Mon., March 16, 2020

New Africa coronavirus crisis looms with internal spread

The coronavirus has now been confirmed in at least 30 of Africa’s 54 countries, officials said Monday, and regional power South Africa warned of a new crisis once the virus …


Virus cases ramping up in Africa, which is racing to prepare

Cases of the new coronavirus are ramping up in Africa, with six new countries announcing confirmed infections in the past 24 hours


UPDATED: Thu., March 12, 2020

New virus slow to spread in Africa, but cases creep up

The new coronavirus has been slow to spread in Africa but cases are increasing on the continent, with South Africa reporting 17 confirmed infections Thursday, including its first transmitted locally.


What’s happening: Virus fears hit Africa, markets, churches

Amusement parks, sports events, religious gatherings, even school. More and more things in a growing swath of the world are now affected by the new virus. And that’s messing with …


East Africa’s huge locust outbreak now spreads to Congo

A small group of desert locusts has entered Congo, marking the first time the voracious insects have been seen in the Central African country since 1944, the U.N. Food and …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 8, 2020

‘We’re definitely not prepared’: Africa braces for new virus

The new virus that has spread across China has yet to be confirmed in Africa, but some health workers on the ground warn they are not ready to handle an …


Climate activists from African nations make urgent appeal

Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate and peers from other African nations on Friday made an urgent appeal for the world to pay more attention to the continent that stands to …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 25, 2020

’This is huge’: Locust swarms in Africa are worst in decades

Millions of desert locusts are descending on Kenya in the country’s worst outbreak in 70 years


Amid scandal, ‘Africa’s richest woman’ sells European assets

The billionaire daughter of a former African leader is shedding some of her investments in Europe after she came under official investigation for alleged money-laundering and corruption.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 6, 2019

UN Libya migrant center plagued with crowding, TB, food cuts

The United Nations center in Libya was opened as an “alternative to detention,” a last, safe stop for migrants before they were resettled in other countries. Now, just a year …


As 58 migrants drown off Africa, a call to stop smugglers

The drowning of at least 58 migrants in the Atlantic Ocean off Mauritania sent despair through tiny Gambia on Thursday while some demanded a crackdown on human traffickers after one …


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 25, 2019

US recalls ambassador to South Sudan back to Washington

The United States has called its ambassador to South Sudan back to Washington for consultations as Washington reevaluates its relationship with the country after a delay in implementing a fragile …


Drought parches southern Africa, millions faced with hunger

An estimated 45 million people are threatened with hunger by a severe drought strangling wide stretches of southern Africa.


Flooding in East Africa affects more than 1 million people

More than 1 million people in East Africa are affected by flooding after higher than normal rainfall, an aid group said Friday. Parts of the region are bracing for a …


South Africa urges water restrictions as dam levels drop

South Africa’s government urged people to restrict water usage Monday as reservoir levels drop and rainfall is not expected until December.


Putin aims to boost Moscow’s clout with Russia-Africa summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin courted dozens of leaders of African nations Wednesday at the first-ever Russia-Africa summit while a pair of nuclear-capable bombers made an unprecedented visit to the continent, …


Zimbabwe says 55 elephants have starved to death in 2 months

At least 55 elephants have starved to death in the past two months in Zimbabwe’s biggest national park as a serious drought forces animals to stray into nearby communities in …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 16, 2019

9 dead as Guineans protest president’s bid to extend power

At least nine people have been killed in three days of protests in Guinea against the president’s bid to extend his time in power, while hospitals are overwhelmed with scores …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 8, 2019

Making Africa’s savannah safe for livestock, and for lions

Saitoti Petro scans a dirt road in northern Tanzania for recent signs of the top predator on the African savannah. “If you see a lion,” he warns, “stop and look …


Belgium, Congo normalize diplomatic relations during visit

Officials from Belgium and Congo have signed agreements aimed at normalizing relations between the former European colonial power and the Africa nation during an official visit of Congolese President Felix …


Wide-eyed in Zambia: Africa’s last great place

I’d forgotten how it feels on your first day in the bush. Exhilarated and wide-eyed. Over the moon. And then, sobering up, eager but cautious. A safari lodge is a …


First Spokane Audubon meeting scheduled

The first Spokane Audubon meeting of this season is scheduled for Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Riverview Community Bldg., 2117 E. North Crescent Ave.


Africa is the ‘fire continent’ but blazes differ from Amazon

As the world has watched with fear and fascination the fires burning in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, satellite images show a far greater number of blazes on the African continent.


France honors African veterans of World War II landings

It’s sometimes called “the forgotten D-Day,” the crucial but overshadowed Allied invasion of the French Riviera to push back the Nazis. France held an elaborate military ceremony Thursday to remember …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

Report: Levi’s, Wrangler, Lee seamstresses harassed, abused

Women sewing blue jeans for Levi’s, Wrangler, Lee and The Children’s Place faced sexual harassment and gender-based violence and some were coerced into having sex with supervisors to keep their …


2 Ebola patients in Congo “cured” with drugs, say doctors

Two Ebola patients who were treated with new drugs in the city of Goma in eastern Congo have been declared “cured” and returned to their home.